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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases 142

jfruh (300774) writes "Amazon is pushing hard to be as ubiquitous in the world of cloud computing as it is in bookselling. The company's latest pitch is that even your highest-performing databases will run more efficiently on Amazon Web Services cloud servers than on your own hardware. Farming out your most important and potentially sensitive computing work to one of the most opaque tech companies out there: what could possibly go wrong?"
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

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  • AWS is too expensive (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 30, 2014 @06:24AM (#47127411)

    Get real AWS...

    A m3.2xlarge costs 4905.6 per year. You can buy a 32GB RAM 8 CPU core Dell R320 system for $2,666.80 in it's entirety. Literately you are spending nearly twice as much to use AWS. And this is before even taking into account the cost Amazon charges for bandwidth.

    You are omitting the cost to admin, care and feed the hardware. That is AWS's selling point - what happens if you want to use it for your program / project that only lasts a short period of time? What if you got the scale wrong? Reliability and Redundancy? There is a price point for leasing services especially when there are unknowns in the scope of your venture.

  • by Wycliffe ( 116160 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @11:45AM (#47129199) Homepage

    We also had no problems with AWS pricing. Our problem was with their performance.
    They are not set up well for high io database applications.
    We switched to solid state drives on stormondemand(aka liquidweb) and have seen a 10 fold increase in performance.
    I prefer liquidweb's model as I can even opt to pick the exact specs of my machine but I still have all the same
    cloud features like spinning up a new instance or changing the size of an instance with a click of the button.
    To me stormondemand is the best of both worlds. Oh, and the best part is that I can actually talk to someone if
    there is a problem.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.